This contest is opened to all published and unpublished authors.
First chapter of a romance that has not been published in any form. There is a limit of 25 pages. *Please note if your first chapter is less than 25 pages, you should not submit another chapter. Only the first chapter of the manuscript will be read.*
Contest Opens: July 1, 2023
Contest Closes: August 31, 2023
Finalists Announced: October 31, 2023
Winners Announced: December 2, 2023
First chapter (up to 25 pages). *Please note if your first chapter is less than 25 pages, you should not submit another chapter. Only the first chapter of the manuscript will be read.*
Manuscript cannot have been previously published in any form.
The top five selections move to the final round.
Electronic submissions only (.doc or .docx)
All entries must be double-spaced with a Times Roman 12 pt Font
Remove name from manuscript.
RWA/NYC Members: $25
RWA Members: $30
Non-RWA Members: $35
Please click HERE to complete the contest entry form.
Once you have uploaded your entry, you will be directed to the payment page. No entries will be read without payment.
Please make certain that you include both your given name, and pen name (if applicable) on the entry form.
Once your entry has been fully processed, you will receive a confirmation email from the contest coordinator.
First Round: Romance Authors
Final Round: Rhonda Penders, President, The Wild Rose Press